The chart above shows the annualized nominal gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate in each US region over the past five years as of the first quarter of 2021 and the growth rate over the past ten years. All four regions grew over both time periods.
- The difference between the region with the largest annualized five-year growth rate, the West, and the region with the smallest, the Northeast, is 2.06 percentage points.
- The difference between the region with the largest annualized ten-year growth rate, the West, and the region with the smallest, the Midwest, is 1.96 percentage points.
- Of the four regions, 0 grew faster over the past five years than they did over the past ten years, 0 had the same annualized growth rate over both periods, and 4 grew slower over the past five years than they did over the past ten years.
- Data is from the first quarters of 2011, 2016, and 2021.
- The data is seasonally adjusted in current dollars.
- Growth rates may differ from those provided by the Bureau of Economic Analysis as the BEA's growth rates are based on chained dollars in conjunction with the chain index or the quality index for real GDP.
- All figures are rounded to the nearest hundredth.
- The Midwestern US consists of Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
- The Northeastern US consists of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
- The Southern US consists of Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Virginia.
- The Western US consists of California, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, and Wyoming.
The Northeast had the worst performance over the past five years with an annualized growth rate of 2.98%. The West had the best performance with an annualized gain of 5.04%.
Over the past ten years, the Midwest had the worst performance with an annualized growth rate of 3.80% while the West had the best performance with an annualized growth rate of 5.76%.
The Northeast had the worst change in its growth rate between its annualized ten-year growth and its annualized five-year growth slowing its rate by 0.87 percentage points. The South had the best change in its growth rate between its annualized ten-year growth and its annualized five-year growth slowing its rate by 0.22 percentage points.
The Northeast had the smallest range in annualized five-year growth rates with a low of 2.20% in Connecticut to a high of 3.99% in Massachusetts. Conversely, the West had the greatest range in annualized five-year growth rates with a low of 1.73% in Wyoming to a high of 7.27% in Utah. Over the past ten years, the Midwest had the smallest range in growth rates with a low of 3.27% in Missouri to a high of 5.29% in North Dakota. The West on the other hand, had the greatest range of rates on a ten-year basis with a low of 0.13% in Alaska to a high of 7.42% in Washington.
US Bureau of Economic Analysis. 2021. "GDP by State." Accessed August 25, 2021. https://www.bea.gov/data/gdp/gdp-state.